So this is what sexy looks like to the master of minimalism, Jil Sander. In a show with a certain number of unpretentious surprises it was this sensual and sartorially exposed side of the collection that was its most, let’s just say revealing aspect.
Sanders cut her monochrome dresses so that they either left bare a significant section of the chest, slicing the fabric back to leave a rectangle of skin at the center or cutting the top of a dress into two points that would line up to make a low V at the torso, and a secondary triangle of skin at the waistline. When the dresses looked more demure from the front, the models would turn to divulge quite a bit of bosom through its scooped out sides.
The alternative to these pieces were crop tops that stood stiffly away from the body or even tinier bra tops paired with perfectly tailored suit jackets.
When Sander’s wasn’t exploring this “powerful beauty of random assemblage,” as the show notes declare, then she was wowing the audience with brightly colored prints that, in their own way also celebrated the body with shadow images of the female form blended into their bold camouflage pattern.
It’s true that Sander’s is wed to her minimalist and modern ways, but this collection felt as if she was in the throws of experimentation. Looking to find new ways to push an aesthetic she helped bring into being. It wasn’t all quite there yet. But if this is just a taste of things to come then minimalism still has much to give to the world of fashion.